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Today, I visited the Willow Tea Rooms at 217 Sauchiehall Street, Glasgow.  The interior and facade were designed by Glasgow’s most famous architect/designer, Charles Rennie Mackintosh (1868-1928) whose key achievement was the design of places to be inhabited. The street name ‘Sauchiehall’  means ‘alley of the willows’ and throughout the rooms Mackintosh used the willow motif.

St George’s Tron Church is located in central Glasgow. From an architectural perspective the church was completed in 1809 to the design of William Stark. However, the site as a place of worship dates back to 1687. The 180 ft tower is topped by a cupola  and obelisks with Baroque influences evident at the upper tiers. Inside the church is a cafe which is open to all.

Today, I visited Holmwood House, a high status residential property which was designed by local architect, Alexander ‘Greek’ Thomson (1817-75) for James Couper, a wealthy businessman who used the property for both business and residential purposes, as was common in those days. Construction occurred between 1857-8 when Glasgow was experiencing rapid economic growth.